What is IT Asset Management? ITAM Explained


We talk a lot about coordinating the skills and services of IT teams with business needs – anything from overseeing hard skills like programming, developing agile and DevOps cultures, and prioritizing projects based on needs, skill sets, timelines budgets, and even politics. But one thing we hear less about: how to accurately manage the … [Read more...]

Spectre and Meltdown Vulnerabilities: Avoid the War Room

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Researchers have discovered a new way that hackers can potentially exploit systems to expose passwords, keys, and other sensitive data - and this time it involves the physical hardware. (Source: NYTimes) These new vulnerabilities, called Spectre and Meltdown, were discovered in Intel processors, and more specifically the way that the processors … [Read more...]

What is an Operational-Level Agreement? OLAs Explained


In today’s technology-driven marketplace, delivering superior IT service management is a requirement to remain relevant. As such, organizations must monitor key infrastructure performance indicators and business services defined under Service Level Agreements (SLAs), Operational Level Agreements (OLAs) and Underpinning Contracts (UCs). However, … [Read more...]

The Global Economy Runs Fast – and IMS Continues To Manage It


Here we are in 2018. The digital economy has grown into quite a phenomenon. Do you ever step back and ask yourself “How did we get here so fast?” The rate of change is incredible. As cited in the most recent BMC mainframe research, 45% are experiencing higher rates of application changes year-over-year. We can see where this activity is coming … [Read more...]

From Small to Big: Growing an IT Ops Organization


It happens all the time in small-to-medium IT organizations: one person handles all the IT Operations (IT Ops) duties with occasional help from consultants. But change happens. And organizations often grow large enough through acquisition, organic growth, or going public, such that the existing staff can no longer handle the IT Ops workload. … [Read more...]

IT Infrastructure Planning: How To Get Started


Why Engage in Infrastructure Planning? Very few of us are lucky enough to be one of the first few employees in a new organization. Those of you who are get to plan the infrastructure with a blank slate, and can focus all of your efforts on doing things right the first time. However, most of us have inherited an infrastructure that has at least a … [Read more...]

Using GPUs (Graphical Processing Units) for Machine Learning


You are probably familiar with Nvidia as they have been developing graphics chips for laptops and desktops for many years now. But the company has found a new application for its graphic processing units (GPUs): machine learning. It is called CUDA. Nvidia says: "CUDA® is a parallel computing platform and programming model invented by NVIDIA. It … [Read more...]

Overcoming your Db2 Utility Challenges with Next Generation Technology from BMC – An IBM Systems Magazine Webinar


The unprecedented explosion of data is impacting the mainframe in a huge way. Downtime and maintenance windows are luxuries of the past; today's customer expects 24x7 availability and lightning fast performance. Today's application developers expect agility, speed, and access to data as well. How can you keep your Db2 data optimized at all times … [Read more...]

Top 19 Tech/IT Conferences of 2018


Conferences are designed to not only promote fellowship and create networking opportunities among like-minded peers, but they also provide access to the newest ideas and concepts. Fortunately, there are hundreds of tech and IT conferences around the globe each year, so you have the chance to find the right ones that will fit your area of specialty … [Read more...]